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Balancing Acts

Before you listen to this podcast, please watch this YouTube video... Balance

Grace. Beauty. Strength. Power. These words can exist on their own, like pebbles in a field, far from each other. And yet even if they seem unrelated, they are, like all pebbles. They can be pretty on their own, but when combined, they can be beautiful. Join Rev. Joe Cherry as he explores this and other topics.

Sermon from 3/4/18



"Hope is the desire of future good

coupled with expectation. 

It has been said

while there is life

there is hope;

we could express an equal truth

if we should say

while there is hope

there is life." 

                                   Rev. Lewis McGee

Join Rev. Joe Cherry as he tells the story of Rev. Lewis McGee, one of the first African Americans to be ordained a Unitarian minister and founder of the Free Religious Fellowship, an intentionally interracial Unitarian religious community on Chicago’s South Side.

Sermon from 2/25/18



Cupid’s Conundrum

Around Valentine's Day, our thoughts often turn to relationships. The key to successful relationships in marriage, family, business, and congregational life are all remarkably similar - for they are rooted in understanding, love, respect, and tolerance. How do we pick the "right" person for a long-term relationship?  Or, perhaps more importantly, how can we BE the "right person" -- in almost any relationship?  Our guest speaker today is Rev. Dr. Paula R. Cannon Gable.

Sermon from 2/18/18



Still, She Persists

A year ago, one senator thought he could shut down another senator as she spoke truth to power. He clearly had no idea how badly he had mis-read the social cues of the moment, or what his actions might unleash: a movement with roots going back to generations of strong women. 

Sermon from 2/4/18


January 27th is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Join Rev. Joe Cherry, Rev. Dr. Rina Shere and members of the congregation this Sunday as we remember those who were victims of the Holocaust that was part of Germany's Third Reich terrorism, and ask questions about how our own actions and inactions resist the formation of a society in which genocides and cultural warfares can happen.

Sermon from 1/28/18


Today's speaker is Rev. Dr. Paula R. Cannon Gable, Interim Minister at First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.  She writes: 

"As our congregations continue to explore our future together, I am inspired by the possibilities of co-creating something new. At the same time, I'm aware of potential stumbling blocks.  As a person who almost literally eats, sleeps and breathes church, I'll share my thoughts and feelings, my hopes and my fears.  And, I'd like to hear yours as well, as we consider ways to join hearts and hands to enrich our own lives and those of the wider community."  

Note: This is the second in a series of pulpit exchanges between First Church and The Society.  

Sermon from 1/21/18



A Jew, Hindu and Christian come together in a conversation about non-violent resistance in the face of oppressive systems and governments in their time and their place. This conversation may help us find inspiration to ignite a non-violent resistance in these times built on our Unitarian Universalist values of justice, compassion and equality in our relationship with one another.  Our guest speaker today is Kevin J. Lowry.  

Sermon from 1/14/18  


What Happened Next?

As the story goes, the Three Wise Men met the Baby Jesus on January 6, the Day of Epiphany. What happened after?  Why did the scholars from the East visit this baby, and what was an infant supposed to do with frankincense and myrrh? And what lessons can these three people teach us today about our responsibilities to the vulnerable? Join Rev. Joe Cherry as he looks for the answers.

Sermon from 1/7/18


Fire Communion

The UU tradition celebrates four communions through the year...Flower, Water, Bread and Fire.  Join Peggy Lagodny and the congregation of the Society as we celebrate the Fire Communion...a time to help us to put in perspective the joys and sorrows, the changes and transitions, the ups and downs of the past year.  A celebration to separate the end of the past year from the beginning and promise of the new.  Please take some time before coming to service to think about the things you would like to leave behind with the passing of the old year, and an intention to set for the new.

You may want to have a small piece of paper, a pencil, and a candle to fully participate in this service.

Special thanks to the UUA Worship pages of their website for the inspiration for this service.

Sermon from 12/31/17



We Unitarian Universalists are facing some tough questions right now.  Do we make a difference? Can we really change lives?  Sometimes we feel like we are all alone in trying to do the right thing in the midst of all the social and political turmoil we face. We sometimes feel like a drop in the bottom of a very large and very empty bucket. But there is good news - it doesn't have to be like that.

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere is a congregational life consultant in the Central East Region and the Executive Director of UU Justice Ohio. She is the former vice-president for Student Services at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver CO, where she also taught Unitarian Universalist polity.  

Sermon from 12/17/17


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